Sunday, December 18, 2016

A Simple Christmas Table

This year, I have been totally obsessed with buffalo check and deer.  So when I found these paper plates and napkins at Albertsons, I knew I had to have them and that I had to set a fun and festive table with them.
I don't have a lot of different plates and other things to set a table, so paper plates are perfect for me.  They are affordable and come in so many fun designs.  I did have some red snowflake plates from the dollar store that matched perfectly however. 
And then I found these glittery red deer ornaments at the Dollar Tree and grabbed a set for my table.  Aren't they adorable and perfect with the plates? 
I got the placemats and napkins on sale before Thanksgiving at World Market.  I do love red and stripes and grainsack anything.  The napkin has a monogrammed napkin ring and a red Christmas ornament.  It is sitting on top of a paper napkin that matches the paper plates. 
Nothing too fancy for the centerpiece.  An ironstone bowl is fulled with some red vintage Shiny Brites and sits on top of my barnwood box.  I added some silver Shiny Brites to my candle holder and lit the candles. 

My hutch has a buffalo check rag garland with a sparkly snow flake on the mirror.  I filled my trough box up with pretties and added a Christmas floral arrangement along with my stained trees.   

It's nothing fancy, but I love my sweet little table that I have set and that Cody and I will enjoy together on Christmas Eve! 
Oh, and I just had to share this story about my Uncle, who also just happens to be one of Santa's very special helpers! Click here to see for yourself!

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Vintage Christmas Mantle

Decorating my mantle for every holiday and season is one of my most favorite things to do.  But for some reason this year, I just couldn't get anything put together for it.
Then I saw my mini silver tree and knew it would look perfect on one side.  I have a pretty nice collection of Shiny Brites and I gathered the small red and green ones for this tree.  I even have a topper for it that goes with my Christmas color theme. 
I couldn't find my vintage spaghetti Santa Claus bank no matter where I looked and I think missing him was the reason I couldn't get my mantle done.  But this morning I went out to the shed and looked one more time and I found him!  And then my mantle just came together! 
I found the vintage Thermos with the blue lid this week at my favorite thrift store and now I have a nice little collection that works for Christmas decorating.  My vintage Santa mugs are always a favorite decoration with the bottle brush trees. 
I made the little deer print this year specifically for my mantle.  I love little deer of any kind and would love to add more to my collection. 
I am so happy with how my mantle finally came together.  I wish I would have gotten it done sooner so I can savor it a little longer! 
I wanted to share a few more of my Christmas vignettes around the house.  These vintage children's ice skates are darling with my favorite color adorning them.  I hung them on a wreath holder and they look great in the living room. 
I decorated my dining room in reds and blacks this year.  I am going to do a fun tablescape that I will share next week, but here is the hutch all decorated.
I filled my trough box with some greenery and stained my triangle Christmas trees with some vinegar/steel wool stain. 
My favorite white cabinet features this pretty vintage white vignette.  Bleached bottle brush trees are the star of this show! 
My  vintage gate got a dose of Christmas too.  A garland of red poinsettias, a rolled paper wreath and another one of my vintage ceramic trees helps make my living room feel festive. 
And my coffee table has a reindeer decked out in Christmas reds and greens.  It may have taken me awhile, but I finally got all of my Christmas decorating done and I love it all! 

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Christmas in the Camper

I finally did it!  I decorated my camper for Christmas!  It's been an item on my Christmas bucket list for awhile now and today was the day I finally did it.  And I got it done just in time because a big storm is rolling in.
The outside is nice and welcoming.  A wreath on the door, a Santa star on the lantern and a bucket full of pine cones with a red bow. 
It's cold outside and my little fireplace heater warms up the camper nice and quick.  My vintage ceramic tree fits so perfectly on the dining table.  
I hung a red, white and green yarn garland from the front cupboards and 2 burlap stockings hang from there as well.   

A couple of fun vignettes on the table, the fireplace and the counter were really fun to put together. 

We have a TV/VCR/DVD player set up out here and one of my favorite things to do during the holidays is watch some classic Christmas movies.  The bed is all made up and ready with lots of fluffy pillows and warm cozy blankets.  I am going to mix up a batch of my favorite hot cocoa and we will enjoy it out here while we watch our movies.
Yesterday, we had our annual Christmas baking day at my mom's house and we made lots of yummy stuff.  These peppermint frosted chocolate cookies will go great with the cocoa! 
I have a holiday scent in my cute Scentsy warmer that makes my camper smell extra Christmas-y too!  I love using this warmer all through the year in my decorating.  This vignette is my favorite. 
Here is a view from the outside looking in.  So cozy and warm and inviting and I can't wait to go watch Christmas movies out there tonight! 
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Friday, December 2, 2016

Handmade Items for Sale

The Holiday Pop-up Sale I participated in this week went better than expected.  There was no advertising so the fact that I sold anything at all is pretty amazing.  Here are a few things still for sale.  If you would like to buy anything, please email me at   I take Paypal.
Book page wreath with sheet music and vintage Santa graphic, red glitter, baking twine bow. 2 feet wide. $20 + shipping 
Vintage inspired dictionary glitter necklaces. Sparkle, Shine, Radiance, Glitter or whatever word you would like circled in German glass glitter on a 24 inch chain with a star and rhinestone charm. $10 each +shipping 
Christmas Rag Garland. 3 ft wide. $10 + shipping
Winter Snowflake Rag Garland. 2 feet wide. $10 + shipping 
Red, Black & White Buffalo Check Rag Garland. 1.5 feet wide. $10 + shipping 
Christmas Ornaments
Wood & Vinyl $5
Plastic & Vinyl-large $5
Plastic & Vinyl-small $2
+ shipping 
Let it Snow vinyl blocks $5 + shipping

Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 28, 2016

A Busy Thanksgiving Weekend

How was everyone's Thanksgiving?  Ours was wonderful!  Cody and I stayed home and had our own little Thanksgiving dinner-just the two of us.  I made a whole dinner and desserts and we snacked on leftovers all weekend.  
My mom came and stayed the night Thursday so we could get up and go Black Friday shopping.  But the highlight of my Black Friday was getting to photograph my friend's baby boy being born.  Since I will never get to experience giving birth myself, being there and witnessing it is the next best thing.  Here is a picture of me holding the new little baby boy!
I've been busy crafting lots of new things using vinyl.  I am learning, it is definitely trial and error!  Here are a few things I have made that I love, love, love.  We are having a craft fair at work this week and I hope to sell a few things.
These necklaces are so much fun too.  A little German glass glitter, some vintage dictionary words, a few baubles and bits and these are such pretty necklaces that I am sure people will love. 
Blocks for winter-we are still waiting for some snow here! 
And we ended our weekend in our traditional way-homemade turkey noodle soup.  Homemade noodles are the only way to go when it comes to this soup.  It is so delicious and we love this Thanksgiving weekend tradition! 

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Living Room Makeover Part 1

It's the time of year again where I am swamped every weekend taking fall family photos.  It's also getting to be the time of year where we move back inside the house to do some projects.  The last two weekends we have been working in the living room.  I wanted to show you the progress so far.
We painted 2 of the walls this beautiful aqua/grey color called Neo-Mediterranean Mist from Home Depot.  Once we had the walls painted, I started getting stuff hung on the walls.  I still have a chicken wire window pane, a farmhouse sign and we will see what else left to hang.   
We still have to finish staining the wood paneled walls and add paneling to the other wall that you can't see.  We took down the horrible valance that was hanging above the window and hung a weathered piece of rustic wood.  We had a little hiccup with the curtain rod but once we get that figured out, I will be hanging drop cloth curtains. 
I have discovered how much fun making vinyl signs is recently and I have made a few for our living room makeover.  See the 2 dogs on the couch?  This sign is perfectly fitting for them and the dog not pictured!  I love this sentiment so much and it is so true.
I love these chevron arrows and had Cody help me make these.  I stained them with vinegar and steel wool and they are a nice touch to the look I am going for in this room.
I got this big white clock on sale at Lowe's for $11 this summer and I love it.  I made the sign (not perfect, but I am still learning this vinyl stuff), got the P at Michael's and the key is a ceramic thrift store find that I painted white.  More will be added and I will be sure to share the completed living room makeover once we are done!

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